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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  December 6, 2011 2:30am-3:00am PST

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good morning, i'm willie geist and this is "way too early." i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening on sirius xm radio. shoot me an early or tweet me. i want to know what you're doing up at this ungodly hour or do what philip rivers does and text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read your responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for the tuesday, december 6th. mitt romney attacking president obama over his upcoming christmas vacation in hawaii. the heisman trophy finalists are announced, this little guy, lsu's honey badger is on the list. could the little man win the big trophy? that's later in sports. first let's get to the news live
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at 50 50:30 at 30 rock in new york city. the gingrich campaign is ramping up efforts in iowa as new polling shows the former house speaker opening up a big lead. with less than a month to go before voting, an abc news/"washington post" poll shows newt gingrich with 33% support of likely republican caucus-goers in iowa. that is 15 points ahead of mitt romney and ron paul who are tied for second place. ron paul obviously should be on that list. he's in second place. gingrich putting renewed focus on new hampshire where a new ad casts him as the republican candidate best equipped to deal with the challenges ahead. >> i was amused by the newt gingrich ad because he talked about how he's going to bring the country together to solve problem. talk about the godfather of gridlock, the guy who two decades ago invented the kind of tactics that have become commonplace in washington.
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this is a whole new newt. >> we heard it here first, the obama case against newt? >> i think it may be the public's case against him. i don't think people want to go back to that. >> the obama re-election team is taking notice. david axelrod, the chief campaign adviser, took a jab at the republican contender. let's show the newt ad. >> some people say the america we know and love is a thing of the past. i don't believe that, because working together i know we can rebuild america. we can revive our economy and create jobs. shrink government and the regulations that strangle our businesses. throw out the tax code and replace it with one that is simple and fair. >> nancy pelosi meanwhile also going after gingrich telling "talking points" memo she has dirt on the former house speaker from his days at capitol hill.
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one of these days we'll have a conversation about newt gingrich. i know a lot about him. i served on the investigative committee that investigated him, for of us locked in a room for a year, a thousand pages of his stuff. not right here, but when the time is right. she says she's holding onto it. the inquiry led to a house vote to reprimand gingrich ordering him to pay a $300,000 fine. gingrich responded to the minority leader yesterday downplays the charges against him. >> first of all, i want to thank speaker pelosi for what i regard as an early christmas gift. she's suggesting she's going to use material she developed during the ethics committee. that's a fundamental violation of the rules of the house and i hope members will immediately file charges against her. >> pelosi's office says she was not threatening to reveal privileged communications. mr. gingrich spent monday in new york city visiting with donald
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trump in hopes of a campaign endorsement. speaking to reporters after their meeting, gingrich defended trump against slams from ron paul who said trump moderating a debate would create a, quote, circus atmosphere. gingrich is one of four presidential hopefuls who agreed to participate in trump's debate later this month. >> i'm actually very surprised one of my friends would have said that. this is a country which elect add peanut farm tore thement see. it's lengthed an actor who made two movies with a chimpanzee. this is a country of enormously wide open talent. donald trump is a great showman and also a great businessman. if we're trying to figure out how to create jobs, i think one of my differences between my party and the other party is we actually go to people who know how to create jobs. >> gingrich said he made the trip because he likes being in new york around christmas, especially when there are fund-raisers here.
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ron paul's campaign responded with a scathing statement saying, while those of us in the paul camp might disagree with gingrich about whether donald trup is the right man to host a serious political debate, we do believe new york is a wonderful place to go at christmas. we're sure two avp ran americans like speaker gingrich and donald trump will have a wonderful time biking out gifts for their wives. that from the ron paul campaign. some republican lobby for endorsement, jon huntsman says he's not interested in engaging mr. trump. >> i'm not going to kiss his ring or any other part of his anatomy. this is exactly what is wrong with politics. it's showbiz over substance. if he had any courage at all, he would be running for president of the united states of america as opposed to manipulating the process from the outside.
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>> ron paul is releasing a new ad in early primary states that his campaign hopes will speak for itself. >> what's up with these sorry politicses? lots of bark. when it's show time, women perring like little shih tzus. you want big cuts? budget crisis, no problem. cut a trillion bucks year one. that's trillion with a t. department of education, gone. interior, energy, hud, commerce, gone. later, bureaucrats. that's how ron paul rolls. want to drain the swamp, ron paul, do it. >> i'm ron paul and i approve this message. >> ron paul do it. how about that. the xwaum administration is up with a revamped web page piling on the pressure for congress to pass an extension of the payroll tax cuts a key component of the president's jobs bill. a countdown crock is running on whitehouse gov. a tax hike for the middle class will take effect if not.
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middle class families could see taxes jump by $1,000 if the measure expires took aim at republicans for what he calls a shifting position on taxes. >> i know many republicans have sworn an oath never to raise taxes as long as they live. how can it be the only time there's a catch is when it comes to racing taxes on middle class families? how can you fight tooth and nail to protect high-end tax breaks for the wealthiest americans and yet barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for 160 million americans who really need the help? it doesn't make sense. >> during a tele town hall with iowa voters, mitt romney blasted mr. obama for planning his annual christmas vacation in hawaii while washington struggles to reach a compromise. >> in some respects, his idea of a hands-on approach to the economy is getting a grip on his golf club.
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he told congress that they need to stay in session and pass his tax breaks for the payroll tax and that they shouldn't leave for vacation until they did that. yet, he's going off for 17 days for golf in the sun, and i just think it's time to have a president whose idea of being hands on doesn't mean a better grip on the golf club. >> last week the president warned lawmakers if the payroll tax extension is not passed before the holiday recess, quote, congress might not be leaving, and we can all spend christmas here together. the white house has not yet indicated if the trip to hawaii might change. explosions rock two cities in afghanistan this morning a day after a major conference on that country's future. afghan police say at least 31 people were killed when a blast tore into a shiite muslim shrine in central kabul.
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just yesterday leaders from more than 80 countries gathered in germany to discuss long-term support for afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of coalition forces in 2014. afghan president karzai says his country will need military support he says for at least another decade. financial aid until the year 2030. officials from pakistan boycotted the summit to protest a u.s.-led nato air strike last month that killed 24 pakistani soldiers. secretary of state hillary clinton addressed pakistan's absence from the meeting in germany. >> we continue to believe that pakistan has a crucial role to play. i was encouraged by what prime minister ghailani said today while the conference was going on, that he expected that the united states and pakistan would continue our cooperation in a number of areas that are of mutual interest and concern,
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first and foremost, our joint fight against terrorism. >> elsewhere, russia's ruling party is under fire over allegations of widespread voter fraud. thousands of demonstrators gathered in major cities accusing vladimir putin's party of stuffing ballot boxes last week. putin's party won only about 50% of sunday's vote. that's a major drop in support from the last election. the u.s. state department says voters there deserve an investigation into reports of manipulation. putin is currently making another run for the presidency after term limits forced him to leave the seat in 2008. new reaction from global markets this morning after a standard & poor's warning to the eurozone about the region's crippling dealt. the nikkei average fell 120 points. hong kong's index tumbled nearly 300 points, another challenge in what's shaping up as a pivotal week for europe as german
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chancellor angela merkel and french president nicolas sarkozy vowed to restore confidence. ross westgate is live in loan done. >> a surprise report announcing they would carry out a mass credit downgrade of european sovereign debt unless there were significant steps taken by eu leaders to resolve the debt crisis, talking 15 of the 17 members. that includes nerm any and france. all been put on credit watch negative. what they're looking at, s&p, is saying the political division we've had needs to get better. we have political consensus. they're looking at the external financing, the borrowing -- ability to borrow for both the sovereign nations and banks and also the economy going into recession. as a result, european stocks today, they were down. they're just getting a little bit better to the flat light as
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we head towards the u.s. session. >> a big week indeed led by germany and france. still ahead on "way too early," monday night football gives you a reason to sample some shows on other networks. as the chargers bring their six-game losing streak. it was boys ii men those clips and a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back. >> that i will well and faithfully discharge. >> the duties of the office. >> the duties of the office. >> on which i'm about to enter. >> of the office of which i'm about to enter. >> so help me god. >> so help me god.
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a beautiful live picture of the united states capitol. a check in the weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins. a lot of green behind you, my friend. >> that's warm temperatures. the green colors are contour for 50 degrees. this time of morning it's ridiculous. this is december. it shouldn't be 55 in boston this time of year, really at any hour, let alone the middle of the night. it's 58 in new york to start your morning. this is it, folks. this is as warm as it's probably going to be for this hour until they get to maybe april or may of next year. it's just about over. there's actually rain out there. some warm rain for this time of year which is very unusual. you have to feel bad for the ski resorts in vermont and new hampshire. warm temperatures, rain overnight, they're struggling to get any base and open a lot of
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the ski resorts. here we are less than three weeks away from christmas and the holiday ski season. today it is warm and rainy in many areas. fog in the carolinas. bitterly cold, arctic december air that's settled in over den zer, minneapolis, billings, all through the midwest. that is going to head for the east coast as we go throughout the next two days. it looks like it's going to tie them up with the tail end of some rain, maybe for some snow come wednesday night and thursday morning for new england. we'll watch that. that's wednesday night into thursday morning. for today, cloudy and wet in the east coast. dry in the middle of the country. as we go towards tomorrow, temperatures begin to cool off. i guess if people are going to be traveling, willie, wednesday night and thursday morning, possibility in the poconos and catskills may have to deal with enough snow to plow or shovm. >> did i see minus 18 in denver? >> yeah, and it's coming our
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way. the finalists are set for this year's heisman trophy. stanford's andrew luck and baylor's robert griffin iiis the only two quarterbacks. luck has thrown for 35 touchdowns. robert griffin or rg 3, the first baylor player to get an invite to the ceremony. facing tough competition from trent richardson, the alabama running back, the second alabama running back to be named a finalist in the past three years. of course ingram won a couple years ago. lsu running back tyrann mathieu and montee ball. the heisman is awarded on saturday. two struggling teams getting together for monday night football. chargers in jacksonville to take on the jags. philip rivers looks for antonio gates who makes a wild catch.
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it's batted around, gets himself a first down. that set up a touchdown. going to the second quarter, san diego up three, rivers again this time deep, 35 yards to vincent jackson, nice extension and nice grab on the catch. 24-14 chargers at the half. ryan matthews takes it to the 30, going to break it out to the sideline and he is gone. touchdown san diego. they win 38-14. they snap a six sdsh game losing streak, they're now 5-7. the jags who were purchased this week fall to 3-9. coming up on "morning joe," newt gingrich hangs with the donald as he picks up steam opening a double-digit lead in iowa. we'll discuss that with our crew when we come back here we'll huddle up around the water cooler to watch jon stewart break down herman cain's
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pokemon-like sign-off. coming up on "morning joe,"
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coming up on "morning joe,"
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we told you earlier afghan president hamid karzai letting the world know at an international conference he will seek additional financial aid
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for his country through the year 2030 to go along with the military backing he says he'll need for another decade. the united states will resume annual payments of $650 million to $700 mill million to the afghanistan reconstruction trust fund. payments to the fund were suspended in june because of scandal at the country's largest bank. the congress research service analyzing data estimates the u.s. spent $443 billion on the war in afghanistan since the attacks of september 11th. enough of the real news, let's huddle up around the water cooler to hold the wake for herman cain's presidential campaign. as you know, he recited the lyrics to the theme song from "pokemon 2000." he did this at his good-bye press conference on saturday. the tributes began pouring in last night beginning with one from jon stewart. >> herman cain saying the
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greatest nine words ever spoken by an american politician. >> i believe these words came from the pokemon movie. [ cheers and applause ] herman cain's farewell address, words of wisdom to his followers and supporters. the final moments of his campaign are from the closing credits of the pokemon movie. the thing they play to get you the [ bleep ] out of the theater. first of all, it's not even the most inspirational quote from the pokemon movie. >> i see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. it is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are. >> well said. well said magic japanese cat monster who was created as the result of a genetic experiment
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and therefore has psychic powers that far exceed those of his fellow pokemon. considering what led cain to leave the race, this is the line he really should have quoted. >> i could use pants. [ cheers and applause ] >> you know what f you quote pokemon at your press conference, you open yourself up to this. jimmy kimmel piling on last night. he created a video tribute to honor herman cain. >> i don't know this and i don't know that and i don't know that and i don't know this. ah shuckey ducky, i feel good today. black walnut isn't a flavor of the week. becky, becky stan stan.
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you go first newt. i got all this stuff twirling around in my head. i'm their brother from another mother. unequivocally. he was trying to pigeon me hold on. >> no, blitz. >> stupid people are ruining america. >> don't even go there. >> excuse me. >> take a chill pill. >> 9-9-9 doing fine. >> 9-9-9! >> i have a feeling you may see more of that perhaps on "morning joe" later this week. still ahead, why are you awake? your obscene tweets, texts and e-mails are next. and "morning joe" is just moments away. . nyquil:what? tissue box (whispering): he said nasal congestion... nyquil: i heard him. anncr vo: tylenol cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion... nyquil cold & flu doesn't.
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